UST in the News

UST in the news

Here's a roundup of recent stories of interest that mention St. Thomas.

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  • “Springsteen tries to hit the right note at Xcel,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 5, 2004. “Another unique feature at the concert — protesters. About 30 people, mostly associated with a group called Protest Warrior, held large signs across the street from the arena with ironic sayings like ‘10 out of 10 terrorists agree – anyone but Bush.’ Another read, ‘Don't tell us how to vote, and we won't tell you how to sing.'’ “‘There is one side of the argument inside the arena, we wanted to show support for what we believe in,'’ said protester Brenna Murphy of Lakeville. ‘They are here raising money to fulfill their agenda. It isn't just about the music.’ Is she a fan of these musicians? No, said the University of St. Thomas student. ‘I'm too young for Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Stipe (of R.E.M.) is too whiney.’”
  • Dr. Kevin Sauter, Communication Studies, has served as a commentator about the recent presidential and vice presidential debates for KARE-TV, the NBC affiliate in the Twin Cities. (Online version unavailable.)
  • “Keeping Ford,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 6, 2004. “Not only is the plant is fairly removed from the center of the automotive world, it also lacks the sophisticating stamping equipment of state-of-the-art assembly plants, according to manufacturing expert Fred Zimmerman, a University of St. Thomas professor.”
  • “Faith & Values: Latin America's Minnesota Rose,” Star Tribune, Oct. 9, 2004. This profile of humanitarian Rose Schaffhausen states, “In the 1980s she earned a degree in creative development at Metropolitan State University. For years, she taught creative problem-solving at Metro State and the University of St. Thomas, then went on to do corporate seminars. Two seminars a month at companies such as 3M and Piper Jaffray supported her work for the orphanages and paid for trips with her kids to Mexico.
  • “Big G quietly trims Twin Cities staff,” Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Oct. 11, 2004.  Dr. Christopher Puto, dean of the UST College of Business, commented, “ There's nothing to indicate that they are having any difficulty in the marketplace. Their products are doing fine. The economy right now is more stable than it is growing, so that's not a significant reduction. That's more like a fine-tuning adjustment of responsibilities.”
  • “Group hopes to spark political issues discussion group, too,” Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Oct. 11, 2004.   “John Hanson and his club of Republicans are new on the Minnesota State Community and Technical College campus in Fergus Falls. Many of the 59 members are freshman, including Hanson, and the club is working with National College Republicans at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul to receive GOP literature, posters and stickers.”
  • “Preliminary studies show positive habitat trends in Lake Christina,” Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Oct. 12, 2004. “One year following the application of a fish-killing agent to Lake Christina, researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), North Dakota State University and the University of St. Thomas are noting some positive trends in water quality and habitat conditions on the lake.”
  • “Twin Cities home sales dip,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 13, 2004. “The housing market's continued strength this year is anchored by rock-bottom interest rates and a relatively strong economy, said George Karvel, a real estate professor at the University of St. Thomas College of Business.”
  • “Around St. Paul,” Star Tribune, Oct. 15, 2004. Columnist Joe Kimball notes, ‘A statue of the late Rev. Terrence Murphy, former president of the University of St. Thomas, will be unveiled Thursday on the lower quad of the St. Paul campus. University trustee Harry McNeely commissioned the bronze statue, which was created by the late Paul Granlund in collaboration with Nick Legeros. Murphy, who died last winter, was the president of St. Thomas from 1966 to 1991. The statue will be moved in 2006 to the front of a new undergraduate business building.’
  • “'Jews and Catholics Celebrate the Capital City,’” Star Tribune, Oct. 16, 2004.  Among the speakers at this Oct. 24 event is Ellen Kennedy of the University of St. Thomas, who will “moderate a discussion on how and why Catholics and Jews forged alliances in St. Paul and how their relations in Minneapolis differed.”
  • “The new waiting game,” Star Tribune, Oct. 16, 2004. “George Karvel, real estate professor at the University of St. Thomas, said the shifting of a market away from extreme exuberance to normality can be painful. So far the pain is mostly psychological, in Karvel's view. ‘Is it more of a buyer’s market than it has been over the last two to three years? The answer to that question would be ‘yes,’ he said. ‘But is it a buyer’s market in the sense that a buyer can go out and find a bargain? Or does it mean that sellers are desperate to sell? The answer to that question is, ‘no.’ The higher inventory is a reflection of slightly longer marketing times and a less frenetic level of activity of buying homes,’ he added. ‘But I don't think the higher level of inventory is out of line nor at this point presages a collapse in the housing markets or even the creation of a meaningful buyer's market.’”
  • “Dollar stores stir change,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 16, 2004. “While dollar stores have been gaining steam across the country for the past decade, the trend is just starting to gain prominence in Minnesota, said David Brennan, a University of St. Thomas marketing professor.”
  • “Stock options for rank and file,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 17, 2004. “ Ron James, president and CEO of the Twin Cities-based Center for Ethical Business Cultures, says such moves stimulate line employees to engage more with their top executives in companywide efforts to perform better.” CEBC is affiliated with the University of St. Thomas College of Business.
  • “Best Buy's loss considered Circuit City 's gain,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, Oct. 19, 2004. “Dave Brennan, a marketing professor at the University of St. Thomas, added that the retail lessons Schoonover learned at Best Buy should benefit Circuit City, giving his new company insights on how it can differentiate itself from Best Buy.”